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20 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Jasmine Riley - 11 Oct 2018

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Ready for another big one? Let's hope so. We've got plenty on this weekend: think giant fashion warehouse sales, creepy Halloween festivals, pigs and pinot, and a whole day meditating on the Mornington Peninsula. No promises on weather right now, but just wear 17 layers and remove as many possible.

Here's 20 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend. 

All Weekend

DISCOVER ROSE STREET WEEKEND

Rose Street retailers have come together to chuck a festival featuring samples, show bags and raffles—oh my. Retailers on the day will include George Bailey Tea House serving up freshly baked desserts, Absinthia with some quirky cocktails (and a deathly Green Fairy), and Grub Street Bookshop with some well-loved, second-hand books.

Where: Rose St, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 October, from
10am
For more info, click here.

Big Fashion Sale

It’s back, people. The annual Big Fashion Sale is rocking Collingwood again this weekend. We’re talking 50 of the biggest fashion brands in town, marked down by up to 80%. It’s usually a mad scrimmage at these things, but if you get in early there’s some seriously good stock available. Alexander Wang, Erdem, Lanvin, Marni and Missouni, just for starters. Nice one. 

Where: 5 Easey St, Collingwood
When: 18 – 21 October (times vary)
For more info, click here.

The Docklands Blues Festival

Docklands and Blues music? Sure, I guess we’re game. Actually the Docklands have gotten much better recently—not only did they get a new brewery (Urban Alley), they landed a circus-themed bar (Archie Brothers). This festival takes place inside District Docklands. Expect an all-star line-up of Australian Blues talent, lots of live concerts, food trucks and family-friendly fun. Did we mention it’s free?

Where: District Docklands
When: 20 – 21 October
For more info, click here.

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL GAMES WEEK

The largest digital games celebration in Asia Pacific is back for another year to entertain and educate the inner game-enthusiast in all of us. We’re pumped for the Playtest of unreleased titles made by game makers from RMIT Games and a live version of Gamey Gamey Game’s comedy panel show on videogames, usually featured on YouTube. Check out the MIGW schedule to start planning your weekend.

Where: Various locations around Melbourne.
When: Saturday 20 — Sunday 28 October
For more info, click here.

DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST

The 22nd edition of the Darebin Music Feast is a big’un guys, so start clearing your schedule. Across 11 days there's gonna be around 120 events, including opening night at the Darebin Arts Centre, which will feature a special screening of Her Sound, Her Story (looking at women in the Aussie music industry). Personally, we’ve got our sights set on the Sonic Agender Clip Flicks event. Check out this year’s program to begin your weekend planning.

Where: Multiple venues, check them out here.
When: Thursday 18—Sunday 28 October
For more info, click here.

HAUNTVILLE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

You can count me out of this one, but for those who love being on the edge of a heart attack, Hauntville’s haunted houses and graveyard storytelling sessions will be right up your alley. If you want your date jumping in your arms then take them on a stroll through the Cirque du Slay house, where creepy clowns and creatures will try to scare the s*** out of you. Good luck.

Where: Burnley Circus Park, Swan St, Burnley
When: 19 — 28 October, 4—11pm Friday to Saturday, 4—10pm Sunday
For more info, click here.

FINDERS KEEPERS MARKET

Yep, it's back again already. Finders Keepers is rocking the Royal Exhibition Building for three days this week, and the first night is Friday. Expect 250+ craft stalls, homewares, clothes, overpriced wallets and original artwork, not to mention live tunes and food trucks. Entry is $5 and there's ATMs on site if you need 'em.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
When: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 October
For more info, click 
here.

SNEAKERFEST

With the help of Sneaker Freaker, the world’s first international sneaker magazine, Northland will host a festival dedicated to the ride-or-die footwear known as sneakers. The festival will include a curated collection of 30 pairs of sneakers, worth over $28,000, including famous treads like the 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘Chicago’ and other rare releases. For any sneaker nerds out there (it’s a thing), there will also be a series of interactive screens featuring a compilation of historic sneaker content. No crocs allowed.

Where: Northland, 2-50 Murray Rd, Preston
When: Saturday 20 —Sunday 21 October
For more info, click here.

Thursday 18 October

Give A Frock Fashion Show

Get fashionable for a good cause at the annual Give A Frock charity show. Every year, women around Melbourne donate their fancy frocks. You can come along, place a big, snag some bargains, and all money raised goes to the Sacred Heart Mission Women’s House. Tickets sold at the door, and it’s on tonight. Get around it.

Where: The Glasshouse, Olympic Park
When: Thursday 18 October, 
6:30pm
For more info, click here.

Friday 19 October

BALLARAT PIG N PINOT

Ever wanted to go speed-dating with a winemaker? Yeah us too. Your dreams can finally be fulfilled (kind of) at Pig n Pinot where you’ll spend 10 minutes chatting to local winemakers and tasting their wares—not a euphemism. And because pig goes well with pinot, there will also be pork-related snacks prepared by Ballarat locals, Salt Kitchen Charcuterie. Bottles are also going at cellar doors prices on the day guys. Ka-ching.

Where: The Barrel Room, Mitchell Harris Wines, 38 Doveton Street, North Ballarat Central
When: Friday 19 October, 6:30—8:30pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 20 October

FLUFF POP-UP

If you’ve never looked at the ingredients list on the back of your bronzer, now would be the time. If your current bronzer contains palm oil, talc or parabens (which it most likely will) the lovely people at Fluff will give you a brand spanking new Fluff Bronzing Powder fo’ free—just pay $15 for the reusable bag it comes with. The bronzer retails at $53 usually so it’s a bit of a steal. Don’t mind if we do.

Where: Fluff, 200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
When: Saturday 20 October, 
10am
For more info, click here.

OCTOBERWEST

An Oktoberfest celebration with a focus on chicken? Yeah, you heard right. Those game enough can take part in the ‘chicken bucket list challenge’ and make their way through some of Highpoint’s dining retailers signature chicken dishes, like Mexican Chicken Crepes from The Pancake Parlour. Tick off all of them and you’ll go into the draw to win a series of gift vouchers, nice. The usual Oktoberfest suspects will be there as well, with German beer sampling, giant pretzel giveaways and keg taps to name a few.

Where: Pop-up Park, Level 1, Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong
When: 20 October, from
12pm
For more info, click here.

Moro Masterclass

What really is the difference between Virgin and Extra Virgin anyway? We’re guessing that’s Lesson 1 at this weekend’s Moro Masterclass. Get a crash course in all things olive oil and tuck into some Italian nosh, courtesy of Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia from Trattoria Emilia in Little Collins St. There’ll also be time for some Q&A, if you need tips on the ultimate Bolognese. Just us?

Where: Trattoria Emilia, 360 Little Collins St, CBD
When: Saturday 20 October,
12pm3pm
For more info, click here.

CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR MASTERCLASS

This class kicks off with Champagne and caviar canapes—not too shabby. After you’ve become accustomed to the finer tastes, guests will taste five different kinds of caviar from leading producers around the world, with Simon Johnson’s Caviar Ambassador, Lisa Downs to lead you through. Rockpool’s sommeliers have also paired each sample with Champagnes including Moët & Chandon, Ruinart and Dom Perignon (now that’s fancy).  

Where: Rockpool Bar & Grill, Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank 
When: Saturday 20 October, 2—4pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 21 October

Mindful Morning Collective

Mindful Mornings are heading down to the Mornington Peninsula this weekend, and it sounds relaxing as fk. Imagine a one-day meditation and yoga retreat at Tussie Mussie Winery. You’ll get a cold-pressed juice on arrival, a guided yoga and meditation class, delicious, lunch cacao workshop and heaps more. You’ll leave the Peninsula as one Zen-like puddle of cosmic goo, we guarantee it.

Where: Tussie Mussie, 206 Bittern-Dromana Rd, Merricks North
When: Sunday 21 October,
10am4pm
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

SMOKE & PICKLES POP-UP AT MERCEDES ME STORE

St Ali and Mercedes Me Store will be hosting a special menu teaser for Smoke & Pickles to celebrate their re-opening (RIP Changz Canteen, you beautiful bastards). We’re keen to sample new stuff like fried chicken ribs served with pickled watermelon, truffled potato gems and smoked pastrami with fresh horseradish. YUM. First 100 people through the door will be getting a Smoked Negroni on arrival made with Four Pillars Gin, so you know, start lining up.

Where: Mercedes Me Store, 525 Collins St
When: Friday 26 October, 
5pm
For more info, click here.

VEGAN HIGH TEA AT HATTER AND THE HARE

To celebrate World Vegan Day earlier in the week, the high tea masters from The Hatter and The Hare will be hosting an all-Vegan high tea on 3 November. There will only be three sessions on the day available to gorge yourself on plant-based sweets and savouries, so getting booking people. Very merry un-birthday indeed.

Where: 1/21 Scoresby Rd, Bayswater
When: Saturday 3 November
For more info, click here.

Queen Vic Market Holey Cheese Festival

The Hawker 88 night market might be winding up (see you next year, you delicious pile of noodles), but Queen Vic Market isn’t resting. They’re chucking a massive cheese festival from Tuesday next week, complete with cheese tastings, a 140-cheese pizza from 400 Gradi, raclette and fondue everywhere, plus lots of live cooking demos. Bring your stretchy pants and hit this thing HARD.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Tuesday 23 Oct, Thursday 25 Oct – Sunday 28 Oct (times vary)
For more info, click here.

Ceramiques Free Pottery Classes

Elsternwick’s pottery studio is opening a second venue in Camberwell, and to celebrate, they’re offering two weeks of free pottery classes. All skill levels are welcome. You’ll learn the basics of the wheels and fire your very own pieces. There’s only one rule: no Unchained Melody or Patrick Swayze impressions. At the moment you can sign up for a free class waitlist on the Ceramiques website.

Where: 1220 Toorak Rd, Camberwell
When: 22 October – 4 November
For more info, click here.

Builders Arms Sausage Festival

The Builders Arms is throwing one of the most verbally charged festivals of all time next week. It’s an honest-to-god sausage fest, complete with an all-sausage menu, BBQs everywhere, live music and other sausage-themed fun. There’s even a competition running right now to name The People’s Sausage. All you have to do is suggest a new sausage flavour on their Facebook page.

Where: The Builders Arms, 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
When: 22 – 28 October
For more info, click here.

Feeling bookish? The State Library just opened a never-before-seen collection of rare and ancient books. Get around it. 

Image credit: Miquel Llonch

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